Recruitment #2209-4891-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old-world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


DIVISIONAL OVERVIEW:  The Division of Consumer Environmental Health (CEH) utilizes a combination of surveillance, health promotion, enforcement and assessment to prevent disease and injury, to eliminate the disparate impact of environmental health risks and threats on population subgroups, and to create health-supportive environments where everyone in the City of Milwaukee has an equal chance to thrive. The Division is currently staffed with three environmental health supervisors, five coordinators, 17 specialists and two administrative support employees.

PURPOSE:  The Consumer Environmental Health Supervisor provides direct oversight to the inspectional staff assigned to the Division of Consumer Environmental Health, assures the integrity of each violation issued and every complaint investigated, and serves as a technical consultant to the staff and to the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD).

Essential Functions

Supervision, Direction, and Planning

  • Participate in the hiring, training, and supervision of program inspectors, coordinators and office support staff.
  • Develop and oversee work processes and functions to assure effective and efficient program operation, including quality control of inspections and enforcement orders.
  • Evaluate, refine, and implement changes in field protocols to increase efficiency and effectiveness; ensure compliance with state and federal programmatic standards.
  • Evaluate inspector performance in both the quantity and quality of work; assess whether criteria related to career progression are met.
  • Formulate and recommend City policies, ordinances, resolutions, and legislative positions related to a variety of environmental issues that may impact economic development, resident health and quality of life.
  • Monitor national and state regulatory practices; align programmatic activities with identified best practices.
  • Prepare programmatic summaries, project updates, special reports, technical papers, grant applications, and other documents to support divisional goals; prepare annual reports and assessments as delineated in the municipal and state codes.
  • Exercise authority and responsibility in carrying out agent contracts with the State of Wisconsin and serve as the MHD representative in matters involving agreements.


  • Provide advanced technical support relative to the inspection and code enforcement of food, environmental health and consumer protection for all Consumer Environmental Health (CEH) staff.
  • Review inspection and code enforcement activities of the Division’s inspectional staff to assure federal and state standards are met and ensure the overall integrity of the inspection program.
  • Represent the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) in areas of technical expertise through interaction with other City departments, elected officials and their staff, outside public agencies, and community groups; serve an active role on various committees and within professional organizations.
  • Oversee the investigation of consumer complaints and outbreaks of foodborne illness.
  • Develop and generate reports to monitor divisional and inspector outcomes.
  • Identify and monitor trends in establishment violations; identify risk factors related to foodborne illness.
  • Plan and develop training programs for staff on the use of new and existing electronic resources.
  • Serve as the department’s technical expert on the land management system and electronic inspection system, troubleshoot user issues, and assist in system configuration to match changing programmatic needs.
  • Serve as the MHD’s technical expert on the food sanitation grading system, troubleshoot user issues, and assist in system configuration to match changing programmatic needs.

Licensing and Compliance

  • Oversee weights and measures licensing.
  • Serve as the technical consultant for the City Clerk’s office related to the issuance of food licenses.
  • Develop and maintain an environmental sampling program.
  • Develop and maintain a consumer protection program in compliance with the agent contract with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
  • Conduct routine self-assessments and develop an advancing programmatic plan for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Retail Program Standards. 

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.
  • The incumbent will be required to carry a mobile device.· 
  • Carry a mobile device during business hours. 
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions as well as to work in environments that may involve exposure to fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
  • Must wear industry related personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, facemask, or face shield.
  • Ability to negotiate stairs, work in and around cramped spaces, and stoop and bend.
  • Must be able to transfer objects weighing at least 10 pounds.
  • Must be willing to occasionally work outside of standard business hours (evenings and weekends) as required by the needs of the department.
  • Travel outside the City of Milwaukee for job related trainings, presentations and conferences; occasional overnight travel may be required. 
  • May be exposed to infectious agents or toxins while performing the duties of this job.
  • Required pre-employment vaccines include:
    • TB Test (at time of hire and annually through-out employment)
    • MMR Vaccine
    • Hep B Vaccine
    • Varicella Vaccine
  • Required pre-employment test include:
    • Physical Exam
    • Vision Exam
    • Audio-Gram
    • Drug Screen - Non-DOT

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in environmental health, public health, biological, physical or natural sciences, hospitality management, culinary management or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of experience in environmental health, food inspection, food service management or a community leadership role related to the essential functions of this position. 
  3. Registration as a Registered Sanitarian (RS) issued by the State of Wisconsin OR the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) within one year of appointment and throughout employment. (Related professional credentialing links include:;
  4. Possession of a properly insured personal vehicle for use on the job at the time of appointment and throughout employment.  An automobile allowance is provided.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in environmental health, public health, epidemiology or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience working in a food service establishment at any level.
  • Experience in program management, policy development, community health assessment, health administration or health services supervision.
  • Attendance at consumer protection seminars offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and certification in quality improvement or quality improvement techniques (LEAN, Six Sigma, etc.) are encouraged following appointment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of environmental health principles, particularly food safety and the risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness.
  • Knowledge of the scientific method and the ability to interpret data.
  • Knowledge of environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, formal regulations and laws related to establishment violations and safe food practices.
  • Proficiency using word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and email application; ability to learn and utilize specialized software, such as inspectional and land management.
  • Ability to read and interpret work related documents, including standards, regulations and laws.
  • Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and use it in decision making. 
  • Investigative skills to assist with and oversee investigations into consumer complaints and foodborne illness outbreaks.
  • Commitment to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease; commitment to staying abreast of current best practices in consumer environmental health, management, and quality improvement.


  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Professionalism, honesty and integrity.
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to plan and accomplish work, manage multiple assignments simultaneously and meet deadlines.

Customer service and Interpersonal

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a multi-cultural and multi-discipline staff, other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries and escalated complaints from officials, residents, outside agencies, and business owners.
  • Ability to be persuasive, tactful and diplomatic.
  • Ability to provide services in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from one's own.
  • Verbal communication skills.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports and business correspondence.


  • Ability to set objectives, assign and direct work, delegate tasks, measure and evaluate work outcomes.
  • Ability to train, develop, coach and counsel staff.
  • Ability to make hiring and disciplinary recommendations
  • Ability to build an effective team.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion and respect for all.

Current Salary

The current salary range (1 DX) is $63,240-$78,342 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $65,137-$80,692 annually.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.  

Benefits: The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations and the Milwaukee Health Department reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE: The examination will be held as soon as practical after the above listed deadline. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • Applications and further information may be accessed by visiting  
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.



The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.